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When Robert's uncle and childhood hero commits suicide by hanging himself in his home, Hetty investigates and finds witchcraft may be involved.


Robert Tronson


John Bowen, David Cook (creator) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Routledge ... Hetty Wainthropp
Derek Benfield ... Robert Wainthropp
Dominic Monaghan ... Geoffrey
Gwenllian Davies Gwenllian Davies ... Lottie
Gwyneth Powell ... Marian Horner
Eamon Boland Eamon Boland ... Mr Lister
Diana Bishop Diana Bishop ... Mrs Lister
Rebecca Callard ... Hannah
Nigel Pivaro Nigel Pivaro ... Constable Pearce
Gillian Kerrod Gillian Kerrod ... Mrs Pearce
Sally Ann Matthews Sally Ann Matthews ... Tracey
David MacCreedy David MacCreedy ... Alan
Sarah Cooper Sarah Cooper ... Grace
Lisa Riley Lisa Riley ... Lilian
Emma Shaw Emma Shaw ... Mrs Shawcross


Hetty's husband Robert gets news that his boyhood hero (Uncle Albert) has committed suicide. Unable to believe it, he persuades Hetty to go with him to Readsby to investigate, leaving Geoffrey to house-sit. A nutty neighbour (Loony Lotty), a book on witchcraft, a missing gold medal and "a smell of death in the village" are part of the mystery Hetty must solve. On Walpurgis Night, she interrupts a Satanic sacrifice ... or is it? Who is behind the death of Uncle Albert; was it suicide after all? Written by jeaneva

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Release Date:

24 January 1996 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Darwen, Lancashire, England, UK See more »

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BBC-TV Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Widdershins, the title, is a wiccan term meaning counterclockwise. See more »


Lottie: [Referring to Hetty's food bag] Have you got biscuits in there?
Hetty Wainthropp: [Clearly annoyed] That's for me to know and you to wait till you're offered. Who are you?
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References Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »


Home Sweet Home
Lyrics by John Howard Payne
Music y SirHenry Bishop
Played by Geoffrey;s mother on piano
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Witchcraft and strange goings on.
16 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Robert's uncle commits suicide, when he and Hetty visit his house they find witchcraft in the Village.

Patricia Routledge is tremendous here, she's at the top of her game, commanding and sincere, Hetty very much an instrument of Justice. It's a great episode, the series is getting better and better with every episode.

A lovely performance from Gwenllian Davies, such a sweet actress, Gwyneth Powell also excellent, best known for playing Grange Hill's Mrs McCluskey.

Great use of location, I loved the theme of witchcraft, and some great characters, this is a cracking episode. 9/10

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